Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
The word ‘hovering’ is used in the New King James Version, but the Hebrew word used here means ‘brooding’. When a bird is brooding it is sitting on its eggs waiting for them to hatch. The purpose behind the Holy Spirit’s ‘brooding’ is the creation. Furthermore, when you look at the particular Hebrew word used here, we see something very interesting. The way a word is used tells us whether it is descriptive, a name, an action, a future tense, past tense and so on. The word here when describing brooding implies not only action, but intention. The Holy Spirit was working; He was brooding with intention; He had a plan.
The Holy Spirit was present at the day of creation and there was purpose and intention in what he was doing. He wasn’t just ‘hanging around’ there with nothing to do, and He does not ‘hang around’ today. He wants to partner with us for something bigger.
In Matt 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build my church”. That is a phrase of intention, and the Holy Spirit is partnering with Jesus and the Father to bring that to pass. He is still intentionally brooding with the purpose of bringing life and building the church that Jesus said He would build.
Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The Holy Spirit empowers us so that we can be the hands, feet and mouthpiece of Jesus.
We have that power on us even today. Our commission is to go into all the world and make disciples. We are part of Jesus vision and strategy to build His church, and the Holy Spirit is there intentionally helping us to our part in the great commission. Let’s partner with Jesus, and join the Holy Spirit to work with intention, and grow the church Jesus wants to grow.
Have an amazing week, Adrian Nyhuis